THE public recreational park at Taman Sembilang in Seberang Jaya near Butterworth, Penang, has become a local tourism destination after it was upgraded as aphotography site with murals and graffiti.
Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the 3.02acre park located along Jalan Sembilang has existing facilities such as children’s playground equipment, an outdoor gym and a cradle.
He said several new components, including 10 units of wall graffiti, were added to the park as part of its upgrading project.
The other new components, he added, comprised a walking path, 26 park benches and two signboards.
Rozali said 24 trees and grass covering a total 500sq metres were also planted at the park.
“The upgrading project costs RM120,120 and was completed in 10 weeks,” he said in his welcome address before the opening of the upgraded park by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow recently.
Rozali also said Chow attended the ground- breaking ceremony of the project on April 7.
Chow was then the Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman.
Chow said the park was located near the North-South Expressway, adding that it was also within a high-density area.
“This park serves as one of the recreational places for the local residents and it is in line with the state government’s cleaner, greener, safer and healthier initiative.
“I hope that this photography site will attract people from all over Penang,” he added.
Also present at the opening of the upgraded park was Penang Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin, who is Seberang Jaya assemblyman.